Thursday, February 19, 2009
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.
She loved him so much, daily she prayed for him to become a Christian so they could share their life together not only in this small village but also in eternity. Finally, after years of prayers, pleading and encouragement the Holy Spirit sparked a flame in his heart. He was baptized. He started a bible study with other local men and the prayers of this wife that he be filled with wisdom and understanding led to the church in Mwamanyuda.
The church was not finished, in fact, it was only 4 walls. The people had been working hard for the last year. The year before 200 were baptized and the congregation leveled the spot where the church would be. They hauled in stones for the foundation and began making bricks by hand. The bricks were baked on the building site and the walls were begun. We were meeting inside the walls to celebrate the church building.
The pastor preached to the people sitting in the hot sun and asked for those to be baptized to come forward. That day three lines of people came to be baptized and 280 new members were added to the congregation. It started with one woman praying.....the spark and then the flames......there is no apathy in Tanzania for the gospel.